A slow and steady path towards the yogi diet

I’m a strong believer of “you are what you eat”, since over half a year that I’ve been trying to be conscious of my food intake. As many of you I’m a big foodie and I truly enjoy spending a meal in company. 

Few tips that I can share here in order to make this transition smoother and much more enjoyable:

  • Plan small and gradual steps, don’t rush into results: After making my mind of cutting down meat and fish intake, I started with 1 full day vegetarian every 2 / 3 days. After a few months moved it to full weekdays only vegetarian meals and only during social gatherings I’d be also consuming meat products.
  • Give yourself some rewards: this is to encourage yourself and remind yourself that you are doing a great job. For instance I really enjoy carbs and dairies, so in order to give up fully on meat and fish I’d prize myself with a nice croissant in the morning or some nice cheese in my salad. However, again be mindful even with these products.  
  • Speak and share about it: I feel sharing your achievements and new recipes with the loved ones around you is extremely encouraging and you’d realize that there are many people around you that would like to take part as well. 
  • Sometimes when the motivation falls short, try to remember your whys? What motivated you in the first place to take on this transformation journey. Is it health related? Is it environmental related? or just a personal challenge? In my case, I watch documentaries about the mass food industry helps a lot to remind me the “why” I decided to take up this journey.

Following the yogic diet class in YTT, I decided to dig a little deeper into what are considered the Sattvic food and how to consume it.

 

Sattvic food:

  • wholemeal bread
  • fresh fruit and vegetables
  • pure fruit juices
  • Milk (I’m using plant based milk and yogurt as well)
  • butter and cheese
  • legumes
  • nuts
  • seeds
  • sprouted seeds
  • honey and herb teas

 

In general lines, there are some simple guidelines to the yogic diet:

  • Vegetarian diet, this should be enough to provide all the nutrients your body needs without harming animals.
  • Free from refined and chemical stimulants food: if possible choose to use organic products and avoid stimulants such as caffeine, tobacco and alcohol.
  • Regulate your meal intake to regular timings so your body gets used to these cycles and utilizes the energy in a more efficient way. Avoid food 2 hrs before exercise or sleep.
  • Slowly introducing the fasting habit into your regime. The purpose here is to cleanse your body completely. You can start with only intaking liquids (juices) for the whole day once a month. Slowly cutting down into nothing once a week. I would say this is the toughest part for me.

Sweet treat on a Sattvic Diet – Easy Vegan Chocolate Brownie Recipe

Going on a yogic/Sattvic diet can be difficult for some people especially if you have a sweet tooth like me! Sattvic diet does not only mean plant-based foods but also food that are rich in Prana (energy). Pranic foods are foods that are whole and unprocessed such as fresh fruits and vegetables and also freshly prepared. It requires avoiding canned and processed food, and foods prepared with chemical fertilizers or sprays. Foods that also prepared with more love and care will add to their Sattvic quality. It is said that a Sattvic diet helps our minds to achieve clarity and calmness and was initially created for the development of higher concentration and consciousness.

Since the start of YTT, I have been more mindful of my diet. While I have not completely gone on a yogic diet, I have largely shifted my diet to a 70% yogic diet and incorporated more fresh food in my daily meals. This is a huge change for me as I’m someone who loves a sweet treat daily – be it chocolate or doughnuts and I always look forward to having these treats! Since being more mindful of my diet, I’ve went to do some research to see how I can still have my sweet treats in a “healthier” and fresher form to make this a more sustainable diet for myself.

Here’s one of the best recipes I’ve tried so far which incorporates pranic foods:

Easy 3 Ingredient Vegan Chocolate Brownies:

Ingredients

  • 3 large overripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 and 1/2 cup of raw crunchy almond butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Oil a 20cm x 20cm baking pan with coconut oil.
  2. In a large bowl, mash the bananas until smooth. 
  3. Slowly dd the almond butter and mix with the bananas until smooth. 
  4. Stir in the cocoa powder to the mixture until the mixture is smooth. 
  5. Pour the mixture into the baking pan and bake it for 20-25 minutes until it has set.
  6. Once taken out from the oven, let the brownies completely cool down before cutting it.

Hope you guys enjoy the “naughty” treat like I did! 🙂  

Almond Butter

Plant based diet can be expensive. Many would prefer to buy wholefoods and organic foods.

Wholefoods: food that is unprocessed, unrefined. They are free from addictives, preservatives and free from any chemicals.

Organic foods: meat that is free from antibiotics and growth hormones, vegetables, nuts, fruits which are free from pesticides and bioengineering.

When we live a plant based lifestyle, we want to make sure that our foods are eco friendly. Is plant based diet expensive? Well, depends how you see it. I see it as investing my money for a better planet and health.

Today, I will share my delicious almond butter recipe. You may omit the coconut oil if you dislike the smell. You may choose to get the raw almond from any wholefoods store.

Note: Almonds contain a lot of healthy fats, fibre, protein, magnesium and Vitamin E.

What you’ll need:

  • 600g of raw almonds
  • 1 tbsp Coconut oil
  • Salt to taste, if you like your butter salted
  • A food processor
  • An oven
  • Baking tray
  • Baking paper

How to:

  1. Preheat your oven to 160deg.
  2. Line your baking tray with baking paper for easy clean up.
  3. Spread your raw almonds evenly on baking tray.
  4. Roast those almonds for about 10-15 mins. Stir occasionally to prevent burns on those almonds.
  5. Your almonds should smell fragrant now.
  6. Cool those almonds. You don’t want the heat to overheat your food processor during the blending.
  7. Once the almonds are cooled, pour them into your food processor and blend.
  8. Blend until smooth. The mixture might turn into a dough-y texture but thats ok. Keep blending!
  9. Add coconut oil when the mixture is smooth.
  10. Salt if you like!
  11. Bon appetit!

You might have realised that I did not use sugar or sweetener. Almond tastes sweet on its own. While the food processor blends the almonds, you might want to prepare some toasts or acai to go with your yummy almond butter once it is ready!

So, is plant based diet expensive? Maybe? But can plant based diet be creative? Yes, for sure.

 

Ayurveda and Your Dosha

Ayurveda means “the science of life” and is one of the great ancient tools to help you discover your physical and emotional tendencies. It is categorized into three Doshas or mind-body types: Vatta, Pitta and Kapha.
Each dosha is characterized by two of the 5 elements: earth, water, fire, air and space or ether. By identifying your dosha, you can create a yoga practice and lifestyle to support the nature of your mind-body type. The idea of following your dosha type is to add or balance out the missing or opposite elements to stay balanced.

 

The 3 Types of Dosha

Vata: Air and Ether or Space

A person with this dosha is usually of thin or light frame or slender features. They are creative, have active minds and high energy. Vatas loves excitement, embraces change and new experiences, they also have impulsive and moody personalities. When imbalanced, Vatas suffer from anxiety, fatigue and insomnia. When they feel overwhelmed or stressed, their thoughts and questions are: “What did I do wrong?”

How Vatas can stay balanced:

  • Follow the correct diet
  • Maintain a daily routine
  • Find time to exercise, and also find time to rest and relax
  • Stay warm and get enough sleep 
  • Have regular massages that are soothing and grounding
  • Avoid very cold and dry environments
  • Avoiding noisy and crowded places and environments with too much movement and talking.

Recommended food:

  • Protein: eggs
  • Dairy:  ghee, milk, butter
  • Grains: white & brown rice, wheat, corn, millet, barley and oats
  • Legumes:all except for lentils
  • Vegetables:sweet and bitter vegetables such as asparagus, cabbage, cucumber, cauliflower, celery, green beans, lettuce, peas, parsley, potatoes, zucchini, sprouts, cress, chicory, and mushrooms.
  • Nuts and seeds:  flaxseeds , pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds
  • Fruits:  sweet fruits such as apples, figs, oranges, mangoes, plums, melons, pears; coconut and avocados
  • Herbs and spices: No spices except for turmeric, cardamom, fennel, cilantro, cinnamon and small amounts of black pepper.

Foods to reduce:

  • Best to avoid animal products and meat
  • Dried fruits
  • Food that is too spicy, salty or sour


Pitta: Fire & Water

A person with this dosha is usually of medium size & weight. They are intellectual, outspoken and have a strong focus & ability to concentrate. They can also be short-tempered and opinionated. When imbalanced, they suffer from ulcer and gastric problems, and excessive body heat.
Spending time in nature and near bodies of water will help nurture this dosha. A more cooling and heart-centred practice will also improve and balance this dosha.

How Pittas can stay balanced:

  • Follow the correct diet
  • Get in touch with nature and get plenty of fresh air
  • Stay physically and mentally cool, and do things in moderation
  • Staying patient and being considerate to other people
  • Avoid hot and humid spaces
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Avoiding conflicting situations and arguments

Recommended food:

  • Protein: eggs
  • Dairy: ghee, milk, butter
  • Grains: white & brown rice, wheat, corn, millet, barley and oats
  • Legumes: all except for lentils
  • Vegetables: sweet and bitter vegetables such as asparagus, cabbage, cucumber, cauliflower, celery, green beans, lettuce, peas, parsley, potatoes, zucchini, sprouts, cress, chicory, and mushrooms.
  • Nuts and seeds: flaxseeds , pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds
  • Fruits: sweet fruits such as apples, figs, oranges, mangoes, plums, melons, pears; coconut and avocados
  • Herbs and spices: No spices except for turmeric, cardamom, fennel, cilantro, cinnamon and small amounts of black pepper.

Foods to reduce:

  • Best to avoid animal products and meat
  • Dried fruits
  • Food that is too spicy, salty or sour


Kapha: Earth & Water

A person with this dosha has a heavier and earthier body type compared to the other doshas. Kaphas are naturally calm and grounded, patient and understanding. Their speech is slow and melodic, they enjoy routine and regularity and have a positive attitude. When imbalanced, Kaphas tend to get attached and hold on to things, jobs and relationships even after moving on. They become stubborn and resist change, tend to overeat and avoid exercising.

How Kaphas can stay balanced:

  • Follow the correct diet
  • Waking up early
  • Exercise the body & mind regularly
  • Stay warm and dry
  • Break from routine and allow new challenges and excitements in your life
  • Don’t stay stagnant and learn new things
  • Avoid taking long naps and sleeping during the day

Recommended food:

  • Protein: eggs and white meat
  • Dairy: Low fat or reduced-fat milk, soy milk, cheeses with less fat content
  • Grains: quinoa, millet, buckwheat, couscous, barley and oats in small quantities
  • Legumes: all except for white beans and lentils
  • Vegetables: spicy and bitter vegetables such as celery, red beets, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, eggplant, garlic, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, parsley, peas, radish, spinach, sprouts, fennel, and Brussels sprouts.
  • Nuts and seeds: flaxseeds , pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds
  • Fruits: berries, cherries, mangos, peaches, pears, and raisins , Dried figs and plum.
  • Herbs and spices: all spices


Foods to reduce:

  • Hot cereals and steamed grains
  • Cheese with high fat content
  • Very salty foods
  • Sugary sweet foods of with refined sugar content
  • Sour foods


If you are not sure what your dosha is, there are a lot of quizzes online to discover your dosha! I have shared some links below to explore your dosha type. Some people may have a mix of the 2 doshas equally depending on the percentage they get. The dominant dosha is the reason why a person may not be able to tolerate heat or humidity or spicy and oily foods while another person may have no reaction to them.
I personally tried out all of them, and I my results came out as predominantly Vata.

Try them out and see which type you are! 🙂

 

Tests: What’s your Dosha?


https://kripalu.org/content/whats-your-dosha
https://www.euroved.com/en/ayurveda/test/
https://yogainternational.com/article/view/dosha-quiz

 

Looking at food in a different light

looking at food in a different light

Just like many other Singaporeans, i love food. A big part of me is enjoying the food that I like and frequently sitting down with my family or my girlfriends, chomping down the food and drinks we hunted down that were highly recommended by the latest influencer. Whenever I chanced upon reviews or recommendations of new cafes or good food, you will find me there. Hence as a lover of food , I ate and constantly overate mindlessly.

Now as I go through the learning of theory in yoga, it has come to realization how I have been eating terribly and treating my body over the past years. I overate often causing my physical body to always feel sluggish and exhausted. My food choices were not ideal. There are also few moments where I felt I had mental altertness. Overall, I felt lousy. Physically and mentally. Although this is likely caused by a multitude of factors, I have learnt and realized now that one of these contributing factors is likely to be my diet and lack of knowledge as to what I have been feeding myself and my lack of control.

After learning the theoretical section of yoga, I am now more aware of the things I eat. I realise My diet has always been made up of largely Tamasic food.

People have always said ;  you are what you eat. I realize I only understood this on a very superficial level. I have deeply realized the great extent to which this statement is true now.

It awes me to learn that our food can be categorized into 3 big categories namely Sattvic, Rajasic and tamasic food. Each of them are different types of food that impacts our body and activity level in different ways.

Sattvic food refers to the purest of foods that makes up a critical part of the yoga diet. These types of food increase life, purity, strength, health and joy within us. They help our minds be calm and pure as well. Examples of them which we often see in our daily life are corn, oats, barley, milk and nuts.

Rajasic food refers to food types that drive our senses and are generally bitter , excessively hot, saline or pungent. Rajasic foods have tendencies to overstimulate the body and mind. Examples of such food are onions, garlic, coffee, soft drinks and pungent spices. These foods over stimulate the Mind and as a result increase lust, anger, greed and disrupts our mind body balance essential to happiness.

Tamasic food refers to food which is stale, rotten and impure in nature. Such foods affect us as it makes us feel inertia and lazy physically. Examples of such foods are meat, including fish, alcohol, and even overripe or in ripe fruits.

This is an interesting and intriguing topic for me learning how food can be categorised this way. I have always been eating whatever I wanted or whatever I craved at that moment which has mostly been tamasic in nature. But now I learned to see food differently. In terms of which category they can fall into and also how i can use diet to improve my life and suit my activity level at the same time.

Although rajasic and tamasic food might seem to be food types that we would generally feel are less ideal, I have also learnt that it doesn’t mean that we avoid them completely and go to the other extreme spectrum.  At the end of the day, balance also matters and how we use these types of food to our favour also matters. For example, when going into yoga practise, it’s Best to have sattvic food. When I need to carry out my work and teach my students, it’s good to have rajasic food for stimulation to be more able to communicate my knowledge. At night when it’s time to wind down, it’s alright to have tamasic food because it makes our body in line with the sleep we are going to go into next.

As such, when it comes to food and eating, I have gained a brand new perspective. I am very happy to have gained this knowledge and I intend to apply this knowledge, choose my food types wisely and eat mindfully, with hope to improve my life physically and mentally together with my yoga practice.

Understanding our Body’s energy

Chakras are circular (or flower petal or triangular shaped) vortexes of energy lying across seven different points on our spinal column (referred to as sushumna). The seven chakras are connected to different glands and organs in the body and are responsible for the uniform distribution of “Chi” (also called “Qi” or Praana or life energy).

When there is a disruption in this life energy or a blockage in any one or more chakras, the individual may suffer from health or mental issues. Thus, the chakras form the energy ecosystem of every individual. A deficiency in this ecosystem (e.g. feeling less vital, energetic, or in a funk) can wreak havoc in different areas of life.

Learning about the 7 chakra points fascinated me because not only does this ‘practice’ date back to ancient Hindu times, other cultures started adopting parts of these teachings to their practice as well. Even TV shows like Avatar: The Last Airbender (A short clip was shown to us by Master Paulo) briefly touched on the 7 Chakra points. After learning about this, everywhere I look, there are many influences on ‘chakras teachings’.

I remembered once I had stomach problems and went to a Chinese TCM, the doctor at the clinic simply helped by forcefully rubbing my stomach in a clockwise direction. Now that I think back, wasn’t she rubbing my Solar Plexus Chakra? What’s more, problems associated with an imbalanced Solar Plexus Chakra are digestive issues (which is pretty common for me)! Knowing what I know now, there are small steps that I can take to try to balance my Solar Plexus Chakra and some of these steps don’t require a lot of effort. For example, drinking room temperature beverage, taking slow, long breaths.

For those that are not aware of our body’s 7 chakra points, I would definitely encourage anyone who is keen to read up more about it and find out about the different chakras and how it affects different areas of our lives. Sometimes, we might feel like we’re in a funk and have no control over our lives be it problems happening, family drama, illnesses but I do believe it’s because we’re doing things that we aren’t supposed to unknowingly which causes this imbalance.

A few years ago, I read a book on mindfulness and there was a chapter on ‘Signs from the Universe’ stating that the universe is always sending us signals and if the same issue keeps occurring it means we haven’t gotten the lesson that it’s trying to teach us. I digressed, but ultimately, the main point was the first step to balance is being aware of what’s causing the imbalance and taking steps to change/improve. Who knows, the smallest steps could be the start of a big change.

Each chakra is also associated with specific chakra colors and represents different things. Below is an excerpt taken from https://chopra.com/articles/learn-about-your-seven-chakras-and-how-to-keep-them-in-balance

First Chakra—Muladhara (Root)

Balance in the first chakra allows you to feel grounded and confident.

Second Chakra—Svadhisthana (Sacral or Creativity)

Balance in the second chakra allows you to feel comfortable in your own skin and accepting of your emotions. It also allows for a creative expression of self.

Third Chakra—Manipura (Solar Plexus)

Balance in the third chakra is indicated by high self-esteem, strong charisma, and confident decision making.

Fourth Chakra—Ahahata (Heart)

When energy flows freely, you will experience compassion, love, and acceptance.

Fifth Chakra—Vishuddha (Throat)

When the throat chakra is in balance, you feel authentic and are a confident conversationalist and good listener.

Sixth Chakra—Ajna (Third Eye)

Ajna means “beyond wisdom,” and in balance, you experience expanded imagination, clairvoyance, synchronicity, and intuition.

Seventh Chakra—Sahaswara (Crown)

In balance, this chakra maintains your self-awareness, wisdom, and connection to the inner compass that guides you to your highest self.

Here are some links you can check out to learn more:

https://chopra.com/articles/how-to-clear-your-chakras-and-free-your-energy

https://www.color-meanings.com/chakra-colors-the-7-chakras-and-their-meanings/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRdcrrO35bU&ab_channel=EarthMamaMedicine

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StrbppmsZJw&t=406s&ab_channel=BijayJeswani

The Yogic Diet

The yogic diet  is primarily a sattvic diet that recommends eating whole, unprocessed foods, like fresh fruits and vegetables. Such a diet  promotes calm, clear, receptive, and a peaceful mind.  

 
 
An Alkaline start
Yogic diet includes a ritual of drinking lemon water on an empty stomach, which eliminates the toxic diet and acids. Moreover, the lemon water is extremely alkaline, detoxifies and wakes ups all organs. It is suggested that adding salt enhances its power.  
 
 
Plant-based
Yogic diet include food that is related to prana (life force). Food which has prana gives us physical and emotional strength. Raw food, as intended by nature, gives us all vitamins and minerals . On the other hand, heat from cooked food destroys its fibre, nutrients and enzymes. So are canned, frozen, microwaved, or highly processed foods.  
 

Fasting
Yogic diet include a regular practice of fasting and cleansing to maintain lightness and clarity. Yoga believes that accumulation of toxins breeds disease. This includes bad eating habits, exposure to chemicals, build-up of negative emotions leading to an imbalance of mind and body. Fasting helps to counter this by giving our digestive system a break. There are various ways of fasting: water fast, fruit fast, giving up one or two meals in a day.
 
 
Good fats

Yogic nutrition is incomplete without ghee, coconut oil and soaked nuts/seeds. The presence of fats in the body improves memory, neural conductivity and mental well-being.

 

 
Herbs Teas or herbs like turmeric, ginger, coriander, pepper, cinnamon, and cardamom are included in the yogic diet. They are anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and detoxifying in nature. 
 
 
That said, part of the yogic diet practice is also developing awareness on what you eat. It is good to spend time learning the origins and properties of the food you buy. Most importantly, it is essential to listen to how your body reacts to the food you eat so that you will know if that food might serve you best in each moment.   

Is a Sattvic diet the way to go?

A sattvic diet is a high fiber, low fat nutritious vegetarian diet. Apart from promoting a healthy living, a sattvic diet helps to keep our minds clear to function at its full potential and be at peace. Yoga practitioners follow this diet to contribute in the development of higher consciousness.

Foods that are natural, fresh and organically grown fall into this sattvic food category. Canned or processed food, and food prepared with chemical fertilizers, pesticides, irradiation and hormones should be avoided. Adding these substances into whole foods diminishes them of their prana.

 

Here are some examples of sattvic foods:

Fruits – Apple, apricot, banana, lychee, papaya, mango, orange, watermelon, berries, dates, peach, pear, plum, prune

Vegetables – Eggplant, lettuce, asparagus, bitter gourd, carrots, lotus root, artichoke, spinach, broccoli, radish

Whole Grains – Barley, rice, quinoa, amaranth

Oils – Almond oil, coconut oil, ghee, macadamia nut oil, mustard seed oil, sesame oil, olive oil

Spices – Nutmeg, basil, coriander, black pepper, parsley, turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, cumin

Nuts – almonds, chestnuts, gingko, brazil nuts, pine nuts, walnuts, pecans, pistachio, cooked cashew nuts

 

We really cannot deny the benefits a sattvic diet will bring to oneself, but it may not be suitable for everyone. Each person’s body is different and has their own dietary requirements to function normally.

In my opinion, the best diet is one that does as little harm as possible to your body. If a vegan diet makes you feel depleted or undernourished, you should listen to your body and stop. Practice Ahimsa on yourself and make changes to your diet accordingly. You will still be able to build your prana and sattva through other means.

Smoothies for Yoga

It could be before an inversion class, or a morning Ashtanga class, or even before learning Uddiyana Bandha.
There will be a time when we may not want to have a full proper meal because it will weigh us down but we still need that sustenance which will last us through the whole session.
Smoothies could be the perfect solution for that.
Below are few easy steps to start preparing your smoothies:
  • Pick your base
For fruits dominant smoothies – milk and yogurt are great bases. They are tasty and creamy.
But those who prefer non dairy, other alternatives such as oat / almond / soy / coconut milks are just as good.
For green dominant smoothies – coconut water and lemon juice
Coconut water is a natural electrolyte while lemon juice adds that fresh and sour kick to counter the vegetal flavours. This is good especially for those trying green smoothies for the first time.
Coconut water based smoothies  are perfect for hot yoga class as our bodies will need more hydration.
  • Pick your fruits and vegetable
This is easily the best, most fun part of making the smoothies.
Berries and tropical fruits such as papayas, pineapples and mangoes are great. Alternatively, a visit to the local market will tell us what is in season and when in season, these fruits tend to be sweeter.
Put those fruits in the freezer before going into the blender for added textures.
For green smoothies, besides the common green such as spinach, kale and bakchoy, we can also add green apples, pears and kiwi for balance without changing that amazing green theme from the final product.
  • Pick your carbs / protein / seasonal add ons
Apart from the fruits and vegetables, always prepare bananas, avocados, or coconut meat ready – adding them in will make the smoothies even creamier.
If you want a more filling smoothie to prepare you for that never ending sun salutations, you can add more carbs from pumpkins, carrots, beets, dragonfruits and oats.
But if you’re going for a more intense class like power yoga or core yoga, you may want to add protein sources in such as peanut butter, cacao or even protein powder.
If you’re feeling hot, add more cooling ingredients such as cucumber, watermelon and fresh mint.
On the other hand, if you’re feeling cold, add more warming ingredients such as ginger, cayenne pepper, cinnamon and turmeric.
You can also add your usual morning pick me ups such as coffee and mocha into the smoothies for either that sense of familiarity or additional caffeine kick.
  • Pick your superfood and toppings
As the last step, you may want to add those superfood in to boost your nutrients intake.
Black sesame, goji berry, maca powder, green tea powder, chia seed, flaxseed, spirulina and medjool dates are great add ons for any smoothies.
Once blended, you may also add toppings like almond shavings, cacao nibs, honey, vanilla beans or even something similar to bubble teas such as grass jelly and coffee jelly.
Happy experimenting!

Almost vegetarian…

Who would have thought it…it’s just like Master Sree said it would be, the body doesn’t want meat anymore…

 

My diet has changed from being a meat lover, especially the craving for bacon for breakfast as a treat on Sundays. I don’t know how it happened but I am not interested anymore.

 

Now my day starts with a smoothie of blueberries, banana, spinach and almond milk or a bowl of oatmeal with banana and blueberries.

 

For lunch I crave a green salad with falafel or a sandwich with cheese and tomatoes. Sometimes I order delivery of a Masala Dosa, which is my favourite dish at the moment.

 

As I am the one cooking in the family on the weekdays it will be my choice for dinner and most days its veggie soups, salads with falafel and hummus. Or something other meat free. My daughter is vegetarian so she is happy with the dinner choices where my husband and son would comment and say where is the rest of the food?

 

And I am browsing for vegetarian recipes when I am trying to get new inspirations. The last thing I tried to cook was dahl, I even got the right toor dahl from a colleague at work but I was disappointed in the lack of flavour compared to the dahl I would get in restaurants. I will continue to try…

 

My favourite food is definitely Indian food as the flavours are incredible and we are lucky to have so many restaurants on our doorstep. 

 

I know I am not completely sattvic yet and still have rajasic food but the tamasic food have definitely decreased from my diet.

 

Nathalie